Court employees protest against low wages

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About 30 to 40 court employees are protesting by the Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday.

Court employees have taken to the streets over broken promises to raise their wages.

A wage hike for court employees has been proposed by the Justice Ministry, setting out to up salaries significantly over the next three years. About €10m could be needed for the goal.

During the protest a letter signed by 700 court employees was handed to Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnačs with a plea to support the ministry's initiative to increase remuneration for court employees.

Rasnačs is to hand the letter to Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

Latvian Television reported last week that court employees think their wages are much too low.

Judicial assistants in local courts, for example, receive €734 a month before taxes. Secretaries, interpreters and consultants receive from €545 to €615 a month, while court archivists and other specialists sometimes receive less than €500.

The average wage before taxes in Latvia was €854 in March 2016, according to data by the Central Statistical Bureau.

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